The first graders at my school just completed an interdisciplinary study of habitats. After learning about different types, they each chose one animal to research and wrote a non-fiction book featuring that animal. Their books included a table of contents, a number of chapters, illustrations and diagrams. They were quick to notice that the non-fiction children’s books they read often included a riddle, puzzle, poem or game. It wasn’t long before those elements began appearing in their books, as well.

The young authors wrote about koalas, rabbits, pandas, tigers and other intriguing creatures with enthusiasm and concentration. They even created artworks that placed their animals in the correct habitat. These are hanging proudly in our hallway.

In these difficult times, it gives me hope to observe their love and excitement for caring for our environment. Happy Earth Day, indeed!


About the author jmankowsky

This photo blog features the seasonal changes in nature observed in my own backyard and a variety of local environments. The Wachusett Meadow Audubon Sanctuary in Princeton, MA is often highlighted as a model for the positive effects a small nature preserve can have on the larger environment and the local community. Local sites of historical, cultural and recreational interest are spotlighted as well. All photographs were taken by me. Thank you so much for visiting.

All posts by jmankowsky →

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: